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Charman challenges Power's star ruckmen

09/04/2008 06:36:17 PM Comments (0)

Lions big man Jamie Charman is savouring the prospect of going head-to-head with Port Adelaide's Dean Brogan and showing Brisbane's ruck division is developing into the best in the AFL.

Charman indicated he and improving youngster Matthew Leuenberger couldn't wait to test themselves against Brogan and fellow ruckman Brendon Lade at AAMI Stadium on Saturday night.

The Power duo and West Coast's Dean Cox-Mark Seaby pairing are rated the best in the league, and Charman doesn't argue.

But the Lions' ruckmen have their eyes on becoming No.1.

"I think that group, they are the best ruck combinations in the league," Charman said.

"In the near future I think both Matthew and I could be the premier ruckmen in the league and be a combination that's a real threat every week to the guys like Cox and Seaby and Port Adelaide's Dean Brogan and Lade."

Brogan was at his ultra-aggressive best in the Showdown with Adelaide on Sunday, highlighted by a destructive hip-and-shoulder on Luke Jericho which resulted in a cracked sternum.

Although the round four game between the 2004 grand finalists won't have as much feeling, Charman is braced for as tough a battle with the 29-year-old.

"He was breaking sternums and doing all sorts of things (against Adelaide)," Charman said.

"He's always a pretty competitive sort of character and he likes showing his aggression.

"It's good to come up against those guys.

"I love that sort of contest every week. It's always good to come up against another good competitor."

The confident Charman was bold enough to back himself and teenager Leuenberger to get over the top of their senior rivals.

"Of course," he said. "Obviously Lewie is just improving every game. He had a good game on the weekend and his ruck work was sensational.

"There's no reason why he can't be even better again this week."

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